Lyon is the third largest city in France and lies at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its 2000 years of well-preserved Roman History.
It also enjoys the reputation of being the capital of gastronomy and the capital of lights in France. Well, too many feathers in the single cap!
1. Vieux Lyon Traboules
Vieux Lyon district of Lyon is lined with the ancient Traboules lurking behind the many non-descript doors that transfer you from one street to another. These were first built centuries ago by silk merchants of the place in order to protect the silk from unfavorable weather conditions.
2. Fourvière Basilica
This Basilica, dedicated to Virgin Mary, sits majestically over the Fourvière Hill top with its unique architecture of Byzantine and Romanesque styles. Definitely a place not to be missed.
3. Parc de la Tête d'or
"Park of the Golden Head" is the largest urban park in France and is a very good option for a family outing. You can choose from ample of activities - zoo visit, mini train ride, puppet theatre, sports activities,boating etc.
4. Place des Terreaux
Located in center of France, history of Place des Terreaux goes back to as far as 13th century. In the past, it was a site for public beheadings. Do pay special attention to much celebrated lead fountain designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, creator of the Statue of Liberty.
5. Rue St-Jean
If you are craving for some mouth watering local food, then this is the place for you. Homes of many silk merchants and Lyon nobility in the past have been convertrd to restaurants here. Also, this is the place to find the best examples of Renaissance architecture and courtyards.
6. Mur des Canuts
The "Wall of the Silk Weavers" painted in 'trompe-l’oeil' or 'trick the eye style', is one of the largest murals of Europe and depicts the neighborhood that was once home to several silk weavers.
7. Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon
"The museum of Fine Arts of Lyon" is a prestigious institution that houses a diverse range of antiques and objects of artistic expression in its 5 departments and 70 rooms. Works of some of the all time greatest artists have been showcased here.
8. Theatre of Fourvière
The construction of this ancient Roman theater started way back in 15 BC, making it the oldest theater in France. The setting is open air with step seating, decorated floor and foundations of a large stage.
9. Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste
The Lyon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church, built over a period of 300 years, from 1180 to 1476. Remnants of each period of its construction are beautifully embedded in this ancient building.
10. Place Bellecour
Place Bellecour is the largest pedestrian square in Europe and therefore hosts major local festivals, concerts and other events. When here, do pay attention to the many noteworthy statues that adorn the place.